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Our Team


Registered Dental Hygienist


Kate is our spectacular hygienist. She brings a wealth of experience and a heartfelt desire to help people feel better about their smiles. Patients rave about Kate’s careful attention and ability to make everyone feel extra special. She enjoys building relationships with people and helping them live healthier lives. She’s kind, hardworking, and compassionate. The office always feels sunnier when Kate’s around! What does Kate do in her spare time? She cheers on her kids in their many ambitious athletic pursuits. She also enjoys our local forest trails and community events. You might even spot Kate walking her 10-pound Cavapoo around town!


Dental Assistant


Dena is one of our stellar dental assistants and has been with the practice for more than ten years. She has a gift for helping patients feel comfortable and relaxed. She is also at the forefront of educating patients about their oral health and the many specialized options we offer here at the practice. Whenever a conversation begins about a new product or technique, expect to see Dena in it, because she’s always interested in learning about up and coming technology and materials. What does Dena love about living here on Fidalgo Island? The great coffee, the clean air, and the artistic culture. What pets does Dena have at home? You will have to ask her at your next appointment. There are too many to list here!    

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Dental Assistant


Laurie is one of our incredible dental assistants and loves getting to know patients of all ages and from all walks of life. She also enjoys helping patients learn about the variety of treatments offered in our practice. Everyone in the office can count on Laurie to be friendly, dependable, organized, and efficient. How does Laurie spend her time when she's not working? Adventures of all kinds! Fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking, climbing, ice climbing, backpacking, and traveling—preferably with family and friends! Laurie also enjoys reading biographies and historical fiction. Don't expect Laurie to choose a favorite food, though. She keeps a rigorous exercise program, partly so she can be free to eat all the good food she loves!


Office Manager


Kelly is our office manager and has been keeping everyone in line since 2009. If Kelly were writing this, she would say that she has been trying to keep everyone in line, but humility is one of the many traits we love about Kelly. She also has excellent management skills, an optimistic attitude, and genuine care for others. When patients or staff approach her with a question, Kelly does everything she can to help. On her days off, Kelly enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing. She also volunteers with Skagit Search And Rescue on land and water. Everyone on our team recognizes the special cell phone ringtone that indicates Kelly is getting called for emergency help. We’re proud of Kelly for a lot of reasons.


Office Assistant


Laura is our part-time office assistant. She likes to keep her eyes and ears open for ways to improve the practice, and since she’s married to the dentist, most of her ideas get a fair hearing. She’s also known for organizing any area of the office that feels messy. What does Laura love about living on Fidalgo Island? The nearness of the ocean and the friendly way people wave to say hi. How does Laura spend her weekends? Swimming, reading, playing with the dog, and eating at fun restaurants with her husband. 

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